Francis X. Duffy, 87, of Brockton, passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2021 at home. Native of Charlestown, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Frank earned a Bachelor’s Degree and was a certified public accountant by profession, mostly for Avis, Checker Cab and the Sawyer family of Boston. He was a proud longtime member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Mass. He and his late wife Barbara (Murphy) Duffy raised their family in Brockton since 1965. Frank was the beloved father of Robin and Barbara of Brockton, Francis X. Jr. of Taunton, and the late Thomas J. Duffy; grandfather of Erin, Francis X. III and Brianna; great-grandfather of T.J. and Mya Barboza; brother of James J. Duffy Jr., Susan Graham & the late John “Jack”, George and Robert Duffy; and an uncle of many nieces and nephews. Calling hours Monday, Feb. 15th from 2 to 4 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton, his funeral from Waitt Funeral Home Tuesday Feb. 16th at 9:30 a.m., funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Edith Stein Parish, committal at Mass. V.A. National Cem. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley St. West Bridgewater MA 02379.
POBIN'S WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE AT FRANK'S MASS:
My sister, brother and I would like to thank you for your support the past year. As our dad’s health declined we relied on you and the support of the VA and hospice to keep him home and comfortable. Our dad always put family first and get gave us what we needed and most of the time what we asked for. He found a way to send us to private school and summer camp. When it was time for college he help out with the tuition and allowed us to gradate with less college debt than many of our friends.
He loved having the family come to house, we had cookouts in August for both side of the family. He enjoyed watching everyone enjoy the pool and catching up on family stories. He was also a big Boston College sport fan. He, John manning and Frank Farrell had season tickets to the BC football games for years. He was also a season ticket holder of the hockey team. John and my dad also enjoyed Beanpot. We were actually at the Beanpot during the blizzard of 78. My dad and I made it home but John and his family ended up staying at a fire station for a few days.
Our dad always had a house project which meant the three of us had to help. Sometime that meant one of use was holding something up while the other held the tools and the third was responsible for holding the flashlight. He taught us how to change a tire, change the oil in a car and how to take care of a lawn. He spent hours taking care of the lawn, mowing it in different directions to allow it to grow, pulling weeds and fertilizing it four times a year.
We knew him as dad but others knew him as Frank. He would walk around the neighborhood and he would chat with the neighbors. He used to walk to City Hall two or three times a year to pay his taxes, he enjoyed and believed that exercise healed everything. As his health declined and his memory started to slip he did less walking but the neighbors would stop and ask about him. He even had a neighbor that was kind enough to return the barrels from the end of the driveway to their spot by the fence after trash pickup.
We did have some special traditions. Each fall we would go apple picking in New Hampshire. The road to the orchard was rather hilly, our dad used to hit the gas on the road and it felt like we were on a roller coaster. At Christmas we put the Christmas tree up when our dad got home from work on Christmas Eve and we would decorate once we returned from Mass
.It has been a difficult year for us all. As we say good bye to our dad today and we also had to say good by to our uncle Jack last week. As you keep us in your prayer we ask that you also keep our uncle Jack’s family in your prayer as well.
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Old Colony Hospice and Palliative Care
321 Manley St., West Bridgewater MA 02379